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3 DIY Exfoliating Facial Masks

Exfoliating is one of the most important steps when it comes to skincare. As we age, the skin doesn't naturally exfoliate as often, so it needs a little help. The immediate benefit to exfoliating is that it removes dead skin and encourages skin cell renewal, for younger looking skin. If you incorporate an exfoliating scrub into your skincare regimen once a week, the long term benefits include a reduction of dark spots, scars, fine lines, and wrinkles. Best of all, with regular at-home exfoliation, you don't need to spend a lot of money on expensive microdermabrasion treatments. With these easy-to-make DIY masks, you'll enjoy glowing, younger-looking skin with the added bonus of a fun and relaxing #selfcaresunday.

I've created three different DIY exfoliating masks to meet different skincare needs and to match different skin types. Each mask is formulated with an essential oil to enhance those skincare benefits. Though you could omit them and just use the first two ingr…

The Most Wearable Nail Trends from NYFW Fall 2013


There was a lot of nail art at New York Fashion Fall 2013. Nail art is most popular on the west coast and has been gradually making it's way east. After many celebrities including Kelly Osbourne and Anne Hathaway sported the nail trend on the red carpet these past few months, the trend has exploded. It's no surprise it was all over the runway during fashion week and will continue to be a huge nail trend for 2013 and will last into the fall and winter months.

For those of us who can't get into the nail art (like me), there are some much more wearable nail trends for 2013. Designer Phillip Lim featured a glossy winter white, while others had their models wearing muted tones of grey, olive, and nude. Black was also a popular nail color on the runway; the main difference in the previously trendy color being a textured or matte finish. Proving that oxblood ( a deep shade of red) will be a color trend lasting into Fall, Zac Posen and Danijo featured glossy oxblood nails. Several other designers went with classic red nails, including Badgley Micshka, who debuted Deborah Lippmann's red metallic shade with a matte finish called "Red Silk Boxers" (pictured bottom left) to be a part of her 2013 holiday collection.

Whenever new trends in nail color come out, I tend to save money by mixing my pre-existing colors. Create your own oxblood shade by adding a few drops of black to a classic glossy red polish. You can achieve the popular matte finish on any of your favorite shades with the Lippmann Collection Flat Top the Matte-Maker Top Coat Nail Polish.


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